Blue Scout Chronology Part II [1993]

1993 - Castaneda¡¯s The Art of Dreaming published by HarperCollins. [Chapter 7 is entitled "The Blue Scout."]

Having only briefly mentioned the concept of scouts in The Fire from Within-- i.e., referring to the allies as "fabulous scouts"--Castaneda leads up to his tale of freeing the Blue Scout from the realm of the inorganics by describing at length the use of scouts in "dreaming." Don Juan purportedly first describes them as "a current of foreign energy" that is "injected" into our dreams. The Art of Dreaming p. 84. Castaneda is told that scouts appear in dreams as energy-generating objects, and that the old sorcerers used them as "vehicles" to take them to the realm of the inorganics. Don Juan specifically warns Castaneda against the dangers of going with scouts to the inorganics¡¯ realm by telling him that the Nagual Elias and his consort Amalia were bodily transported to the inorganics¡¯ world by a "powerful scout" that the Nagual Rosendo had called to take the two to the second attention. p. 103. Don Juan tells Castaneda that Rosendo "went into dreaming, called a scout from the inorganic beings¡¯ realm by voicing his intent to get one, then voiced his intent to offer his disciples to the scout." p. 104.

Don Juan instructs Castaneda on "the second gate of dreaming," explaining that it "is reached and crossed only when a dreamer learns to isolate and follow the foreign energy scouts." p. 107. Don Juan also supposedly tells him that "[w]aking up in another dream or changing dreams is the drill devised by the old sorcerers to exercise a dreamer¡¯s capacity to isolate and follow a scout," id., just as looking for one¡¯s hands in dreaming is the drill to initiate "dreaming" attention. So Castaneda begins to follow scouts in his dreams, and is soon led to a world of "countless tunnels," in which he encounters different dark shapes that are either ball-shaped, bell-shaped, or large and undulating like candle flames. p. 111. The voice of the "dreaming emissary" eventually explains to him that "[t]his is the shadows¡¯ world," and that there are three types of inorganic beings there: immobile tunnels; mobile shadows; and a mysterious third type that requires so much energy to see that it is "revealed to our visitors only when they choose to stay with us." p. 114.

Castaneda is told that all he has to do to stay is to state his intention to do so out loud, because "[e]verything you say out loud in this world is for keeps." Id. Castaneda is suspicious that he is being tricked, but the voice tells him, "I cannot lie to you, because a lie doesn¡¯t exist . . . I can tell you only about what exists. In my world, only intent exists; a lie has no intent behind it; therefore, it has no existence." pp. 114-15. When Castaneda thinks to himself that "there is intent even behind lies," the emissary supposedly responds "behind lies there is intention but that intention is not intent." p. 115.

During another dreaming visit, Castaneda is supposedly gliding through the tunnels when he comes to a halt "in a tunnel that seemed somehow larger than the others. My dreaming attention became riveted on the size and configuration of that tunnel, and it would have stayed glued there had I not been made to turn around. My dreaming attention focused then on a blob of energy a bit bigger than the shadow entities. It was blue, like the blue in the center of a candle¡¯s flame." p.120. He recognizes that it is not a shadow entity but foreign, and becomes "absorbed in sensing it," ignoring the efforts of the scout that brought him to signal him to leave. "Suddenly, a considerable force made me spin around and put me squarely in front of the blue shape. As I gazed at it, it turned into the figure of a person: very small, slender, delicate, almost transparent." Id. He tries unsuccessfully to determine its gender, to ask the emissary about it, and then to talk to this entity. He senses a barrier between them that he can¡¯t break, and then experiences a variety of reactions: "I even felt elation, because I knew that the scout had finally shown me another human being caught in that world. I only despaired at the possibility that we were not able to communicate perhaps because the stranger was one of the sorcerers of antiquity and belonged to a time different from mine." Id.

"The more intense my elation and curiosity, the heavier I became, until a moment in which I was so massive that I was back in my body, and back in the world." p. 121. He finds himself on the grass at UCLA in a line of people playing golf. "The person in front of me had solidified at the same rate. We stared at each other for a fleeting instant. It was a girl, perhaps six or seven years old. I thought I knew her. On seeing her, my elation and curiosity grew so out of proportion that they triggered a reversal. I lost mass so fast that in another instant I was again a blob of energy in the inorganic beings¡¯ realm. The scout came back for me and hurriedly pulled me away." Id. Castaneda wakes up with a fright, and supposedly spends much of the next two days trying to determine what happened. "After a few days, a dark and mysterious certainty began to get hold of me, a certainty that grew by degrees until I had no doubt about its authenticity: I was sure that the blue blob of energy was a prisoner in the inorganic beings¡¯ realm." Id.

Castaneda drops everything and runs down to Mexico to consult with don Juan. Castaneda describes his dreaming practices to him, and the emotional impact on him of the vision of the little girl. Don Juan advises him to ignore it and regard it as a "blatant attempt, on the part of the inorganic beings, to cater to my fantasies," remarking that "if dreaming is overemphasized, it becomes what it was for the old sorcerers: a source of inexhaustible indulging." p. 122. Don Juan suspects the inorganics are trying to trap Castaneda by tricking him, like they tricked the nagual Rosendo. When Castaneda objects that he has no doubt the little girl exists, don Juan snaps, "There is no little girl . . . That bluish blob of energy is a scout. An explorer caught in the inorganic beings¡¯ realm." p. 123-24. Don Juan further opines that "the bluish blob of energy was from a dimension entirely different from ours, a scout that got stranded and caught like a fly in a spider¡¯s web." p. 124. Before he leaves, Castaneda "took the liberty of discussing my dreaming visions of the shadows¡¯ world with Carol Tiggs, although don Juan had advised me not to discuss them with anybody." p. 125. Castaneda claims, "She was most understanding and most interested, since she was my total counterpart. Don Juan was definitely annoyed with me for having revealed my troubles to her." Id.

In Castaneda¡¯s next "dreaming" session, he reaches the shadows¡¯ world and his dreaming attention is "inescapably attracted to that blob of energy. In a matter of seconds, I was next to it." Id. "All of a sudden, the blue, round shape turned into the little girl I had seen before. She craned her thin, delicate, long neck to one side and said in a barely audible whisper, ¡®Help me!¡¯ . . . . I stood frozen, galvanized by genuine concern." Id. He senses that he is experiencing feelings back in his physical body, which is asleep in bed, the awareness of which suddenly causes the other shadow beings to scurry away, leaving him alone with the little girl. "I watched her and became convinced that I knew her. She seemed to falter as if she were about to faint. A boundless wave of affection for her enveloped me." p. 126. He tries to direct his thoughts to her, but feels them blocked "by a membrane of energy I could not pierce. The little girl seemed to understand my despair and actually communicated with me, directly into my thoughts. She told me, essentially, what don Juan had already said: that she was a scout caught in the webs of that world. Then she added that she had adopted the shape of a little girl because that shape was familiar to me and to her and that she needed my help as much as I needed hers." pp. 126-27. Castaneda tries to convey to her his helplessness, and she seems to understand: "She silently appealed to me with a burning look. She even smiled as if to let me know that she had left it up to me to extricate her from her bonds. When I retorted, in a thought, that I had not abilities whatsoever, she gave me the impression of a hysterical child in the throes of despair. I frantically tried to talk to her. The little girl actually cried, like a child her age would cry, out of desperation and fear." p. 127.

Castaneda charges at her, but his "energy mass" goes through her. He then tries several times to "lift her up and take her with me" until he is exhausted. He is afraid that his dreaming attention will soon wane, and that he will not be brought back to this part of the inorganics¡¯ realm in the future, so that this would be his last visit there: "the visit that counted." Id. "Then I did something unthinkable. Before my dreaming attention vanished, I yelled loud and clear my intent to merge my energy with the energy of that prisoner scout and set it free." Id.

In the chapter entitled, "The Blue Scout," Castaneda awakes from "an utterly nonsensical dream" in which Carol Tiggs, don Juan and the members of his party "seemed to be trying to drag me out of a foggy, yellowish world." p. 128. [Toward the end of The Eagle¡¯s Gift, Castaneda had described his rescue by la Gorda and "the Nagual woman" from behind a wall of fog after he had become totally depleted. The rendition in The Art of Dreaming is different in a number of respects, so it is difficult to tell whether Castaneda is describing the same incident, or simply elaborating on a similar theme.] While most of don Juan¡¯s group avoids physical contact with Castaneda during his convalescence, telling him they have never been to the shadows¡¯ world, Old Florinda lavishes attention on him and explains to him that "I had been discharged of energy in the inorganic beings¡¯ world and charged again, but that my new energetic charge was a bit disturbing to the majority of them." p. 130. She also tells him that he fought "those masterful manipulators"--the inorganics--somehow surviving "their death blow." p. 131.

Don Juan confirms this diagnosis, telling him: "The inorganic beings snatched you, body and all. First they took your energy body into their realm, when you followed one of their scouts, and then they took your physical body." p. 132. He explains: "The reason you think you¡¯re sick . . . is that the inorganic beings discharged your energy and gave you theirs. That should have been enough to kill anyone. As the nagual, you have extra energy; therefore, you barely survived." Id. He also explains that the inorganics¡¯ realm "looks like a yellow-fog world to the physical eye . . . [w]hen you thought you were having an incoherent dream [about Carol Tiggs and the others pulling him out] you were actually looking with your physical eyes, for the first time, at the inorganic beings¡¯ universe. And strange as it may seem to you, it was also the first time for us. We knew about the fog only through sorcerers¡¯ stories, not through experience." p. 133.

During his four-week recovery period, Castaneda experiences a strange longing "for someone I did not know." p. 134. At the beginning of a nap about the time he is starting to feel normal again "a strange pressure on my temples made me open my eyes. The little girl of the inorganic beings¡¯ world was standing by the foot of my bed, peering at me with her cold, steel blue eyes." pp. 134-35. He jumps out of the bed screaming, causing three of don Juan¡¯s companions to run in. "They watched in horror as the little girl came to me and was stopped by the boundaries of my luminous physical being. We looked at each other for an eternity. . . . . Don Juan came into the room at the moment. The little girl and don Juan stared at each other. Without a word, don Juan turned around and walked out of the room. The little girl swished past the door after him." p. 135.

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This causes a commotion among don Juan¡¯s companions, who all saw the little girl as she left the room with don Juan. Castaneda feels "on the verge of exploding" and "faint": "I had experienced the presence of the little girl as a blow on my solar plexus. She bore an astonishing likeness to my father. Waves of sentiment hit me. I wondered about the meaning of this until I was actually sick." Id. When don Juan returns with his excited companions, Castaneda claims "Their main interest was to find out whether there was any uniformity in the way they had perceived the scout¡¯s appearance. Everybody was in agreement that they had seen a little girl, six to seven years old, very thin, with angular, beautiful features. They also agreed that her eyes were steel blue and burning with a mute emotion; her eyes, they said, expressed gratitude and loyalty." pp. 135-36. Castaneda confirmed their details, and remembered, "Her eyes were so bright and overpowering that they had actually caused me something like pain." p. 136.

Castaneda and don Juan¡¯s companions discussed "the implications of this event. All agreed that the scout was a portion of foreign energy that had filtered through the walls separating the second attention and the attention of the daily world. They asserted that since they were not dreaming and yet all of them had seen the alien energy projected into the figure of a human child; that child had existence." Id. They had no sorcery stories to confirm such an event, although don Juan felt that "it happens all the time . . . but it has never happened in such an overt, volitional way." Id. Don Juan tells Castaneda that he fell into a pitfall designed for himself alone, a trap "using your inherent aversion to chains." p. 137. Don Juan further explains "that upon merging my energy with the scout I had truthfully ceased to exist. All my physicalness had then been transported into the inorganic beings¡¯ realm and, had it not been for the scout who guided don Juan and his companions to where I was, I would have died or remained in that world, inextricably lost." Id.

Don Juan responds to Castaneda¡¯s question as to why the scout guided them to where he was by explaining: "The scout is a sentient being from another dimension . . . It¡¯s a little girl now, and as such she told me that in order to get the necessary energy to break the barrier that had trapped her in the inorganic beings¡¯ world, she had to take all of yours. That¡¯s her human part now. Something resembling gratitude drove her to me. When I saw her, I knew instantly that you were done for." pp. 137-38. Castaneda has don Juan relate how he then gathered up his group and Carol Tiggs to pull him out, and that they had all thereby received something: "You and Carol Tiggs got the scout. And the rest of us got a reason to round up our physicality and place it on our energy bodies; we became energy." pp. 138. To the inevitable Castanedan question "How did all of you do that, don Juan?" don Juan responds: "We displaced our assemblage points, in unison. Our impeccable intent to save you did the work. The scout took us, in the blink of an eye, to where you were lying, half dead, and Carol dragged you out." Id. Don Juan also advises him, "You did free the scout . . . but you gave up your life. Or, worse yet, you gave up your freedom. The inorganic beings let the scout go, in exchange for you." pp. 139.

Don Juan responds to his own party¡¯s questions as to what is to be done with the scout by explaining, "It is a most serious problem, which the nagual here has to resolve. . . . He and Carol Tiggs are the only ones who can free the scout." p. 140. When Castaneda asks him how, he advises him to "[a]sk the emissary." Id. The dreaming emissary does purportedly give Castaneda "instructions on what Carol Tiggs and I had to do to liberate the scout," but Castaneda never explicitly states in the book what those instructions were. p. 146.

Later, when don Juan lectures Castaneda on "third gate dreaming," he tells him that, "Every scout you have found so far, except for the blue scout, has been from [the realm of the inorganic beings]." p. 177. He is told that the more "sizzling" a scout¡¯s energy is, the farther away it is from. Those from the inorganics¡¯ realm are apparently set at a medium boil. When Castaneda asks how the blue scout stands in relation to other scouts--including those from farthest away, who supposedly hide behind our parents or friends in our dreams¡ªdon Juan explains: "Blue energy doesn¡¯t sizzle . . . [i]t is like ours; it wavers, but it is blue instead of white. Blue energy doesn¡¯t exist in a natural state in our world." p. 179.

July 23-25, 1993 - Florinda, Taisha, Carol and the Chacmools¡¯ first workshop, at the Rim Institute in Arizona.

Florinda blurted out that the Blue Scout was Carol Tiggs¡¯s daughter, and that Florinda¡¯s daughter was the Orange Scout. This gave rise to audience questions about sex and energetic holes. Florinda explained that a sorceress can simply cause one of her eggs to start dividing "by an act of will," but that normally no warrior would want this because it would cause a huge "energetic hole." In the case of the scouts, Florinda asserted that they had their own energy, but no body, so they could be conceived and delivered without sex or causing "holes" in the mother either. According to J.J. Stoecker¡¯s recollections, when Carol was later asked about the scouts, she didn¡¯t address Florinda¡¯s story of parthenogenesis, but simply did a turn on the edge of the platform, like a runway model in a fashion show, asking "See any holes?"

A summary on page 14-15 of Issue 4 of the Nagualist quotes Carol as saying she was with Castaneda when he planted the power plants given to him by Vicente and the allies appeared asking him for a ride. (This might help explain why a chapter read by Nury at the Feb. 1997 Long Beach Workshop detailing this appearance of the three allies was ultimately omitted from the publication version of The Active Side of Infinity.)

October 14-17, 1993 - Witches appear at four-day workshop at Akahi Farms in Maui. Carol mentioned that the Blue Scout was getting her Ph.D. at UCLA.

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